NFC East: owners meetings

Did coin toss hurt N.Y.'s Super Bowl bid?

March, 22, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As you might have heard, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wasn't exactly thrilled with being called out by Jets owner Woody Johnson after the league bungled a coin flip to decide which team would host the first regular-season home game at the new stadium in the Meadowlands. As Gary Myers of the Daily News has indicated, there's some thought that the controversy could have a negative effect on New York's bid to host the 2014 Super Bowl. Giants co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara might have to do some troubleshooting this week at the NFL owners meetings.
"I'd like to think it's not that big a deal," Tisch told the Daily News on Sunday. "I'm optimistic that based on the merits on our bid, our proposal, our presentation, that we will generate the support we need. I think it really merits a lot of consideration by the 30 other owners. I know we are going to make a very compelling, memorable presentation. I would like the other owners to vote on that next month and not a personal issue."

Tisch said that he and Mara would be "Giants cheerleaders" over the next three days. I'll keep you updated on their progress. And something tells me that Mara didn't sign off on Tisch's choice of words.

Live from the NFL owners meetings

March, 22, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Greetings from the NFL owners meetings, which are being held just down the street from Space Mountain. This will be your all-access pass to the annual league gathering. I've lined up a one-on-one interview with Giants general manager Jerry Reese and am hoping for a private audience with new Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.

Here's a look at what owners, coaches and general managers will be discussing the next three days. You have to admire men who will sacrifice precious time in the office to be here at the Ritz Carlton.

Labor discussions: I know, I know. You don't want to be bogged down with discussion of a potential lockout, so I'll try to keep this part short. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be updating the owners on where the negotiations are heading and the group will exchange ideas. Prepare yourself for some major rhetoric from some of the owners. I plan on asking Jerry Jones a question or two about the labor negotiations because he's the most likely candidate to say some interesting things.

Let's talk OT: The competition committee has recommended a new provision that would allow a team that loses the coin toss to get a possession if the opposing team makes a field goal on its first drive in overtime. The game would end immediately if the team that receives the ball first scores a touchdown. It's a good idea but I doubt it will have enough votes to pass.

Notable games: The league will announce some of its opening-weekend schedule and perhaps one or two other matchups. It would be nice to know who the Giants are opening their new stadium with. I think the Cowboys and Eagles would be prime candidates. The league sent the Giants to open up Cowboys Stadium last season.

Coaches talk: We'll have an opportunity to visit with all four NFC East coaches at a special breakfast Wednesday morning. I'll table hop in an effort to visit with Mike Shanahan, Tom Coughlin, Andy Reid and Wade Phillips. From my seat at the Ritz, I'm pretty sure I can see Phillips swimming laps right now. Really nice form.